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Christmas carols in Geneva...

...is probably what we miss most from home. I am not talking about the High Church very formal ones (although they're very nice to listen to), but the ones you sing along with a glass of mulled wine in your hand, a lantern in the other, a silly Santa hat on and a Salvation Army brass band leading cheerfully everyone. Our kids loved these, even though you usually stood in the freezing cold for a couple of hours, because they brought people together, religious and non religious ones, often non Christian ones would join in...simply because they were fun, heart-warming and welcoming.


Did it sound all too corny and nostalgic? I don't care. If some knows of such an event in Geneva, PLEASE let me know.
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

There are Christmas services in English, but seldom outside with mulled wine...

http://www.knowitall.ch/local-news/f...hboring-france
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

Music schools and associations and choirs etc. always have christmas concerts with xmas songs with vin brûlé and panettone afterwards. That's what comes closest to it I'm afraid.
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

This sounds good. Do you have any particular one in mind?
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

The English Choir of Neuchâtel was joining a Carol singing evening- but can't remember the date off-hand (I am in UK)
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

When i was, sadly, at the funeral of a friend's mother at the English Church a few weeks ago. Their choir sang beautifully.

Afterwards, at the "drinks thing" i did speak to a lady from the choir and asked if they were doing a Carol Service. She said yes, but in Nyon.

Perhaps check their website for places and times.

I think that the Cathedral beside the train station do something, but perhaps too serious and religiousy for just a get together to sing carols.

Otherwise, just put the telly on!! Michael Bublé is doing his thing on one of the uk channels tonight!! And there are always other carol services on over the next few days, even on the Swiss and French channels.

And there's also the Scottish Kirk in the Old Town - they might be doing something.
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The English Choir of Neuchâtel was joining a Carol singing evening- but can't remember the date off-hand (I am in UK)
They were singing in Neuchâtel for the Telethon and at the carol service at the English church on the 13th both of which have been and gone I'm afraid.
There is a Christingle service at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
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Re: Christmas carols in Geneva...

The Holy Trinity Church Choir will be giving a traditional English Carol Service at the St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva on 24 December at 17:30 (with an organ recital starting at 17:00). It's worth getting there on time as the cathedral is usually full.
Yours truly will be in the choir which is reinforced for the occasion (the cathedral being a little bigger than HTC).
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